Job Overview


About the Agency

Customs & Border Protection (CBP):  Securing America's Borders

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. The border patrol agent position starts at a salary of $39,400 (GL-5 grade level), with promotion potential to $70,192 (GS-12 grade level) according to 2015 pay tables. Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following: 

• Patrol international land borders and coastal waters

• Detect and prevent the illegal entry and smuggling of aliens into the United States

• Detect and prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering into the United States

• Prevent the illegal trafficking of people, narcotics and contraband into the United States

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The video: Border Patrol – Protecting our Homeland emphasizes the importance of Border Patrol’s frontline role in helping CBP accomplish its mission. Watch it at:  For more information on CBP's mission, activities, and careers please visit our website at

Vacancy Announcement BPA 15-3 has been amended to extend the closing date to Monday, January 26, 2015. 

Applicants must select one geographic corridor where they are willing to work (South Texas, West Texas/New Mexico, or Arizona). Final job offers will be made after the pre-employment processes are successfully completed and will only be offered in the corridor selected at the time of application. Please see the “How to Apply” section.

CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with Customs and Border Protection. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has granted CBP an exception to Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 332, Section 332.407 which authorizes the targeted recruitment of female agents to meet mission critical needs along the southwest border of the United States.

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Being a border patrol agent makes you a valuable member of the federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include:

• Detecting, preventing, and apprehending undocumented aliens and smugglers of aliens at or near the land borders by maintaining surveillance from covert positions
• Responding to electronic sensor alarms
• Interpreting and following tracks, marks and other physical evidence
• Using infrared scopes during night operations
• Responding to aircraft sights and other anti-smuggling activities
• Performing farm and ranch checks, traffic checks, city patrols, and transportation checks

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No